Thursday, March 25, 2010

Doc Gooden can't shake drug demons

For drug addicts, staying clean is an ongoing struggle, one that former baseball pitcher Dwight "Doc" Gooden has never been able to overcome. Unfortunately, it looks like the former Mets and Yankees superstar has relapsed once again.

The saddest and scariest part of Gooden's struggles is that his family has been victimized by his addictions time and again. The latest incident is the worst example of that. Gooden was arrested for DWI after crashing his car with his young son in the vehicle. I would imagine that Gooden loves his children so his addiction must really be out of control if he's taking such chances with his son's life.

Joe Girardi, a pretty compassionate guy, was saddened by the news his former mate once again fell to the temptation of drugs. Girardi and Gooden have a special bond as the New York Yankees manager caught Gooden's 1996 no-hitter. For his former teammates, it's got to be the worst feeling of helplessness to see him constantly struggling with such a terrible disease.

But ultimately it's up to Gooden to try to win the battle with his drug addictions. For his family's sake, I hope he succeeds.

Thanks to Brad Hunter via Wikipedia for the photo.

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